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As new standards and methodologies emerge for integrated photonics manufacturing, the fabrication and testing of such complex circuits is moving out of the university and government laboratory research cleanroom space (characterized Master’s and PhD fabricators) and into a range of SME production environments with a larger workforce comprised of baccalaureate engineers and technician staff. To sustain a common foundation of skills, essential tasks, and technical knowledge, AIM Photonics Academy offers educational materials and training workshops that meet undergraduate credentialing and technician certification requirements, consistent with the best practices of national Manufacturing Innovation Centers of Excellence (MCEs).

AIM Photonics Academy offers training in fabrication, assembly and test, and practice experiences through online and on-site training at the baccalaureate and technician level; our curriculum is informed and organized by the findings of our Workforce Assessment research. Led by our partners at SUNY Polytechnic Institute and the University of Arizona, we are creating online instructional modules and workshops that train workforce attendees in the assembly and layout of Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) fabrication runs; and the Test, Assembly, and optical Packaging (TAP) of photonic integrated circuits produced in these runs. The two-day workshops are based at Practice Facilities located at both universities, and registrants are required to attend on-site in order to complete their certification. Eventually, AIM Photonics Academy also plans to offer training in Inline Controls and Test (ICT).

In addition to re-training the current professional workforce at electronics and photonics SMEs, AIM Photonics Academy serves as a gateway for deploying university undergraduates and community college students as interns with AIM member companies, creating multiple career education paths for broadening and diversifying the integrated photonics workforce across the industry supply chain.

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